Towards a new pattern of transition to adulthood?

F. Billari, A.C. Liefbroer

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Second Demographic TransitionRecent theories about social and demographic change, such as individualization and the Second Demographic Transition, embed the notion of a convergence towards a specific ideal-typical pathway to adulthood, which we define as late, protracted and complex. After a discussion of the relevant literature for and against such an idea, we empirically assess the convergence to this ideal-typical pattern using new retrospective data from the European Social Survey wave 3 (ESS-3). Our analysis of the timing and sequencing of demographic events among young adults offers qualified support for the emergence of a new pattern of transition to adulthood. Pathways to adulthood are changing in the same direction in most parts of Europe, but no convergence of trends is observed (yet). keywords:transition to adulthood; Europe; timing and sequencing; individualization
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-75
JournalAdvances in Life Course Research
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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